Banana Walnut Bread

Thinking of Banana Bread brings the best of memories of the twists and turns of the Hawaiian island’s famed Road to Hana. Maui’s Road to Hana is famed for twisting roads, secluded beaches and banana bread stands. The loaves sold there are moist and sweet, with sizable chunk of banana and usually sold at reasonable price ranging from $6 to $8.

Halfway point to Hana (Maui Island)

Till the time we visit the beautiful island again and get indulged in delicious banana bread, here is our version of Maui island’s popular Banana Bread.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1/4 cup milk at room temperature (to adjust batter consistency)

Instructions

  1. Mash the peeled bananas in a medium size bowl with the help of fork or whisker.
  2. Add sugar to the mashed bananas and mix well.
  3. Add oil to the wet mixture and whisk it until you get smooth consistency.
  4. Take another bowl and add all purpose flour, wheat flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda by sieving through sieve.
  5. Add sieved dry ingredients to the wet mixture and start folding gently until both are mixed and there are no lumps.
  6. If consistency of batter is thick, try adjusting it by adding 1/4 cup milk or as required. Make sure batter is neither too thick nor very runny.
  7. Add crushed walnuts to the mixture and keep aside handful for topping up the batter before baking.
  8. Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree Celsius.
  9. Line the baking pan with parchment paper to avoid sticking of cake/bread from bottom.
  10. Transfer the batter to baking pan and add walnuts on the top.
  11. Start baking for 25 to 35 minutes depending on the power of oven and keep checking with the help of toothpick/knife till it comes out clean.

Additional Tips & Tricks

  • While adding walnuts, dust them with all purpose flour. This will help maintain the crunchiness of walnuts in baked bread.
  • If avoiding use of all purpose flour, you can replace it with whole wheat flour.

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